10 experiences in Oslo
1. Holmenkollen ski jump – people can fly you know!
   Holmenkollen ski jump is perhaps the most famous ski jump in the world. The iconic tower, which stands on a hill above Oslo, is Norway’s most visited tourist attraction – and with good reason. But since the ski resort is large, it never seems crowded. This is not only a special and spectacular structure in itself, but is also a place for spectacular activities.

But a visit to Holmenkollen is equally exciting in the summer. Outside the ski season it is possible to visit the top of the 60 metre high tower. On a clear day, the panoramic views across the entire city and the fjord will easily take your breath away.
2. Frognerseteren – experience the view from Oslo’s roof
Above Holmenkollen ski jump is the very symbol of every Oslo resident’s longing for nature. For them, the view and menu offered by this traditional timber building is an attraction in itself, or the start of that most Norwegian of activities – a walk in the forest.

The Norwegian people are borderline obsessed with outdoor activities, and spend as much time outdoors in winter as they do in summer. If you take a trip to this venerable old log cabin above the rooftops of Oslo, you can study this distinctively Norwegian phenomenon in all its splendour. Families with pushchairs, sports enthusiasts with their heart rate monitors and happy joggers meet to warm themselves up with a cup of hot chocolate and freshly baked cinnamon buns. The old building’s carved dragon heads testify that this has long been a tradition here.

It’s easy to get here using the city’s excellent public transport system, so if the tradition becomes too much you can always quickly return to the modern city centre on one of the many subway departures.

Timetables for Oslo public transport
3. Grünerløkka – escape the city and relax with a coffee
Grünerløkka was formerly one of Oslo’s most important areas for the working classes, but after the city’s industrial workers left the area, the young and the hip moved in. Today, this is a lively area of the city with cafés, bars, restaurants and small boutiques – the likes of which you are unlikely to find in a shopping centre.

Stroll between the low-rise apartment buildings which are so characteristic of Oslo. Enjoy a drink in one of the city’s best cocktail bars – Bar Boca.

Eat a French lunch, an Italian dinner, and round things off with a little tapas for supper. All parts of the world are represented here. Find an exciting second-hand store, take a break in one of the cosy parks, or enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the fantastic coffee bars.
4. The Opera House – the apple of Oslo’s eye
It doesn’t matter whether you love to watch voluptuous ladies in Viking helmets singing soprano or prefer rock and roll – Oslo Opera House has something for everyone. You don’t need to be interested in opera to enjoy the city’s most beautiful building and the pride of Oslo residents. The white marble building at the centre of the city is nothing less than an architectural masterpiece. The roof, which stretches all the way down to the water’s edge, is worth a visit in itself.

The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet offers a broad range of cultural experiences, with everything from classical ballets and opera performances to large pop concerts that attract thousands of people. If you are more interested in food than music, it is good to know that the Opera House is also home to an excellent restaurant.
5. A cruise on the Oslo fjord – the majestic cityscape from deck
If you find yourself in Oslo you should definitely take advantage of the fjord. Breathe in the clear, fresh sea air and gain an entirely new perspective on the city. Perhaps the best way to do this is to take one of the many boat trips on offer. The entire spectrum is available, from luxury trips with food and entertainment, to public transport with one of the Ruter ferries. And although many of the islands feature small private summer cabins, you have the right to roam in Norway. You can take your bathing suit with you for a swim or take a stroll almost anywhere you like!

Public ferries: Ruter
6. The Bygdøy museums – parks, forests and our history
Bygdøy is just a short bus ride from the city centre. The area features huge villas, the royal estate, and a number of the country’s most important museums.

Within a relatively short distance of each other you will find the Viking Ship Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum, the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Here, you can really partake of the Norwegian pioneer spirit, which enabled this small country to make its mark from America to Istanbul through the polar explorers’ incredible courage and Thor Heyerdal’s visionary expedition. If you don’t mind taking a stroll in the rural surroundings, the museums are situated close enough to one another that you can easily walk between them.

And if all the history becomes too much, you can take a break on one of the many beaches in the area.
7. The Astrup Fearnley Museum – contemporary art by the water’s edge
The Astrup Fearnley Museum’s new building is considered an architectural masterpiece, and has given Oslo’s newest area, Tjuvholmen, a new attraction.

The museum is a cultural melting pot, where architecture, design and art combine in a single experience. Be surprised and inspired by the works of great artists such as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Huang Young Ping, Nate Lowman and many others.

The museum is situated within walking distance of the city centre, and offers a lovely walk along Oslo’s wharfside, where you will also find restaurants, cafés and high-end shopping. If you take a walk here on a warm summer’s day, you can stop to buy fresh prawns to enjoy as you stroll along. As we’ve mentioned before, in Norway you have the right to roam almost anywhere you choose!
8. Vigeland Park – 213 bronze statues – and the Monolith!
The Vigeland Park, which is often called Frogner Park, due to its location in the district of Frogner, is one of Europe’s most beautiful and is well worth a visit, whether in summer or winter.

This area of the park was designed in its entirety by sculptor Gustav Vigeland, which makes for an integrated experience as you stroll between the 214 monumental sculptures that represent life, eternity and the transitory nature of the human condition. In the middle of the park is the monumental sculpture “The Monolith” – a 17 metre high stone column of people, sculpted from a single piece of granite. Oslo is a green capital, in the sense that you are never far from a park – but this is the true gem of all the parks the city has to offer.
9. The Nobel Peace Center – a powerful experience
Every autumn, the world’s most distinguished prize is awarded in Oslo – the Nobel Peace Prize. At Rådhuskaia, walking distance from Oslo city centre, you will find the centre dedicated to this prize. The Peace Prize winners and their engaging and ground-breaking work are presented here, along with the story of Alfred Nobel. Permanent installations and changing exhibitions provide insight into relevant topics relating to war, peace and conflict resolution. Guided tours, films and presentations invite reflection, debate and engagement.

The Peace Center also offers fun activities for children and young people. These vary throughout the year and are arranged in accordance with the changing exhibitions. This is a great place to take your kids – here, they can learn more about peace work and how they can contribute, all on their own terms.
10. Eat, drink, live – please be seated, Oslo will be serving you
Oslo has gradually emerged as a city for visitors looking for exceptional dining experiences. The concentration of restaurants of an international calibre is high here. If you have a fat wallet and are hungry for a great culinary experience, Maaemo is highly recommended. The restaurant serves local, organic food, and was recently awarded two stars in the French Michelin Guide. Other restaurants mentioned in this highly-regarded guide are Restaurant Oscarsgate, Statholdergaarden and Bagatelle.

There are however also plenty of cheaper alternatives that also offer great experiences. In the summer, for example, you can take a ferry to the island of Lille Herbern in the Oslo fjord. Here, you will be served good, simple seafood at reasonable prices.

If you visit Funkisrestauranten in Ekeberg, you can choose whether you would like to eat in the café or would prefer a higher class experience in the restaurant. This unique building is situated on a hill above the city, and offers an amazing view with your meal, regardless of the option that you choose.